The Bedazzled star has been a longtime campaigner for breast cancer awareness after losing her grandmother to the disease, and travels the world to urge women to get screened.
But Hurley admits she turns into a nervous wreck every year when it’s her turn to visit the doctor for a mammogram.
In a blog post for the Huffington Post, the brunette beauty writes, “For 364 days of the year I can speak and think rationally about breast cancer… But on day 365, I’m in a panic. For on day 365, I get my annual mammogram and, in between the procedure and waiting for the nurse to come back with the result, I get really, really scared.
“In the 20 minutes or so that it takes for the doctor to study the images, my imagination takes me to dark and frightening places and I generally wind myself up into a frenzy. Everything bad flashes through my mind and invariably I end up seeing my little orphaned son crying at my funeral, his mother having lost her fight against breast cancer…
“So far, thank God, this hasn’t happened; I have stumbled out of the hospital five times, sobbing with relief, knowing I have a clear mammogram and another year to fight the good fight against the disease. I’m not a victim myself. Yet.”
Hurley’s article was published to mark October (11) as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.